Liverpool skipper Gerrard admitted "waking up every morning, hoping that nothing would happen and that he would still be here" and he was very pro-active in trying to persuade the Uruguayan to stay.
It was an approach which did have some effect.
"I do not know if he prayed but what he said is what he feels because he was talking to me all the time," Suarez said.
"Gerrard, for me, is a legend in Liverpool and a great team-mate that helped me a lot.
"I admire him for the great player he is worldwide. For me he will always be a benchmark and at club level he is the best player I have played with in my career, as a person and as a footballer."
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